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Thursday, 22 July 2010 18:54

InceptionAmidst the heat waves or humid mist weather forecasters call rain, it’s safe to say that summer has been brought – and along with it the usual slew of movies comparable to BBQ’d hot dogs; fast, unsatisfying and costing more than they’re worth. Well, someone finally shelled out for the prime rib! With Inception, director Christopher Nolan has created a smart, exciting, grown-up summer blockbuster!

Chris Nolan hasn’t made a bad film yet, up to and including his most recent work on The Dark Knight, but I would say Inception brings back memories of Nolan’s earlier work on films like Memento (2000). Though he’s got a much bigger budget now, he’s still exploring similar themes of loss, reality and morality.

Scene from InceptionAlong with a bigger budget come bigger stars and Leonardo DiCaprio is about the biggest you can get, with the acting chops to carry off heavy subject matter. Leo plays Cobb, an expert at physically invading people’s dreams to steal information from their innermost thoughts. For his last and most important job, instead of stealing a thought he is being asked to plant one. But delving the secrets of a human mind is dangerous work, especially when Cobb is keeping secrets of his own.

I loved this movie but I don’t want to give too much away. It’s best to see it without knowing what you’re in for. The acting is top-notch from everyone involved including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Cillian Murphy and Marion Cotillard. The entire cast is great.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Leonardo DiCaprioThe special effects are astounding but they are meant to enhance the film, not be the star of the show. There are scenes that are works of art and special effects that looked fresh and exciting!

Inceptions’ only flaw is perhaps being a little long, although the moments I would cut are few and far between. Nolan has outdone himself with this complex story that manages to be perfectly clear the entire way through. I was riveted and never felt confused or lost – a huge triumph of storytelling.